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What Are Minerals?What Are Minerals? Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day. QuartzQuartz Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the crust. It has many useful properties. Mineral IdentificationMineral Identification Mineral Identification Chart Printable mineral ID chart by Art Crossman in MS Excel format. Fluorescent MineralsFluorescent Minerals Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
Mineral HardnessMohs Hardness Test Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing. Diamond: The MineralDiamond Diamond is a mineral with unique properties and many gem and industrial uses! Fee MiningFee Mining Find Minerals and Gems Dozens of sites where you can dig and keep what you find. TopazTopaz Topaz is a mineral best known as a durable gemstone and its use in Mohs Hardness Scale.
CalciteCalcite Calcite is a carbonate mineral with industrial, agricultural, medical and many other uses. U.S. GemstonesUnited States Gemstones United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones. Diamonds from Coal?How Do Diamonds Form? Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal That is one of the biggest misconceptions in science. CorundumCorundum Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Tucson Mineral ShowTucson Gem and Mineral Show Tucson Gem & Mineral Show Photos from the largest gem and mineral show. GarnetGarnet Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses. MineraloidsMineraloids Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity. RhodochrositeRhodochrosite Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Is Water a Mineral?Is Water a Mineral? Are Water and Ice Minerals? Comparing their properties with the definition of a mineral. Uses of GoldUses of Gold Gold has unique properties that make it one of the most useful minerals. Rare Earth ElementsRare Earth Elements Rare Earth Elements are used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products. Dangerous MinesAbandoned Mine Accidents Abandoned Mine Accidents kill 20 to 30 per year. Education can prevent many of them.
Fireworks & MineralsMinerals and Fireworks The Science of Fireworks Their shapes and colors are produced through chemistry, physics & art. Herkimer DiamondsHerkimer Diamonds Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems. KyaniteKyanite Kyanite a metamorphic mineral that most often forms from clay-rich sedimentary rocks. RhodoniteRhodonite Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
Hematitehematite on Mars Hematite - the most important ore of iron and a source of mineral pigment since prehistory. BenitoiteBenitoite Benitoite Discovery and geology of the State Gem of California - USGS report from 1911. Spodumene Spodumene Spodumene is a pegmatite mineral, an ore of lithium and sometimes a gemstone. The Acid TestMineral Acid Test The Acid Test Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Colored Glasscolored glass Minerals in Colored Glass - Minerals are what produce the color in colored glass. Olivine RainOlivine Rain Olivine Rain Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68. SnowflakesHow Do Snowflakes Form? How Do Snowflakes Form? They start as tiny crystals. Some grow on the way down. Denver Mineral ShowDenver Mineral Show Denver Gem and Mineral Show Photos and comments about this incredible annual show.
Uses of SilverUses of silver Uses of Silver Most people think of jewelry and coins, but silver\'s primary use is industrial. Limonitelimonite Limonite - an amorphous iron oxide. Used as an ore of iron and as a pigment since prehistory. TriboluminescenceTriboluminescence Triboluminescence is flash produced when a mineral is rubbed, scratched or broken.  

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